Reports: Mississippi State officials discussing Joe Moorhead's future
Mississippi State could be making a late coaching change.
According to multiple prominent reporters, MSU officials are considering dismissing Joe Moorhead as the team’s head coach. Pete Thamel, Ross Dellenger and Adam Rittenberg are among the reporters sharing that administrators are discussing Moorhead’s status as the Bulldogs head football coach.
Moorhead was subject to hot seat rumors going into the regular-season finale against Ole Miss, but appeared to have job security after the thrilling 21-20 win in the Egg Bowl, declaring at the postgame press conference that “you’ll have to drag my yankee ass out of here.”
According to the reports, off-field issues, including the post-practice fight which led to QB Garrett Shrader missing the Music City Bowl, have led to MSU officials considering moving on from Moorhead. Moorhead’s Bulldogs lost the game to Louisville 38-28. The loss dropped MSU to 6-7 in 2019 and 14-12 in two seasons under Moorhead.
The Bulldogs signed 21 recruits during last month’s Early Signing Period. The class currently ranks No. 10 in the SEC and No. 26 nationally on the 247Sports Composite.
Speculation is that Louisiana’s Billy Napier, a former Alabama assistant, would be a top candidate if MSU moves on from Moorhead. Napier agreed to a two-year extension with ULL on Thursday.
Am told next 24-48 hours will be key, as the situation needs to be resolved one way or the other. If Miss State makes a change, Louisiana’s Billy Napier could be a strong candidate. He received a 2-year contract extension through 2025 season today. https://t.co/T3OZRMLCom
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) January 3, 2020
Sources: Mississippi State is exploring firing coach Joe Moorhead. No formal decision has been made. School officials have been discussing Moorhead’s future since a spate of off-field issues, including the fight that led to QB Garrett Schraeder missing the Music City Bowl.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 3, 2020